Monday, March 5, 2001 8:33 PM
has anyone ever played the game fascination?i was just wondering what parks have this classic game.i just herd news of cedar point removing there fascination game,and i was wondering if any other amusement parks still have the game.

Monday, March 5, 2001 8:46 PM
Not me. What is it about? Please tell me & for those who don't know either.

Home Park - Wonderland Sydney, Australia.
Monday, March 5, 2001 9:25 PM
Lagoon Park in Famington, Utah sill has the game Fascination. I've never played it, though.
Tuesday, March 6, 2001 4:15 AM
There is a complete thread over at that discribes the game:

I don't know of too many parks that have this. I know Kennywood has 2 areas of the park that have the game, the main arcade building, and a smaller arcade, both on either side of the Jack Rabbit. From what I hear, it's an addictive game, much to the likes of bingo.

Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, March 6, 2001 5:06 AM
As of last year Six Flags Ohio/WOA had FAscination.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2001 5:15 AM
No wonder why it's called Fascination! It's just simply fascinating you know? :)

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1) The Demon - 1988 Vekoma Boomerang
2) The Bush Beast - 1985 KEC Woodie (Clone of PKD's Grizzly)
3) Beastie - 1985 KEC Junior Woodie
4) More steel coasters please!!! Preferably a B&M Masterpiece
Tuesday, March 6, 2001 5:16 AM
Americana has always had it. Of course who knows if the park will open again.
Tuesday, March 6, 2001 5:27 AM
I have never played it personally, but my brother is a fascination junkie. He would visit Geauga Lake atleast once a week back in '98. He has all sorts of stuffed animals all over his room from playing it for hours. In fact, he told me during all his time there that season, the only roller coaster he rode the entire year was Serial Thriller once (because it was new). He loves roller coasters, too! It must have been a great game, because it takes a lot to keep him occupied.

napster sn- tontomono
Tuesday, March 6, 2001 7:53 AM
Facination is an early comeptition game. (It is said that Traver had a hand at putting the game together)

The game is very simple in concept, each person sits down in front of a fascinaition machine, the machine itself resembles the modern day Horse Race games by Bob's Space Racers. When the bell sounds you roll a ball down the alley rolls towards a target area. The target area is a 5x5 grid of holes. (Most places give you the center hole free, and put a 'bumper' there so you don't waste a shot, and it helps the ball ricochet in unpredictable directions.) Above the grid of holes is a light up backglass, with a 5x5 grid of lights. When your ball goes into a hole on the layout, the corresponding light lights up on the backglass. First player to get 5 in a row wins.

What do they win, that's the other part of the Facination game, instead of awarding prizes, the winnder recieves a specified number of Fascination Tickets, which can be saved up and traded for prizes. The prize you want is always "just a few tickets more", and by the time you accumulate enough tickets you glance over and see a better prize. This cuases people to save their tickets for future vists, and most Fascination rooms encourage the saving of tickets. What the park hopes is that the Fascination tickets will get lost during the off-season and never redeemed.

I've always thought the game was fu, and have wondered why no-one has created a modern day version of it.

Places I've seen it:
Cedar Point
Geauga Lake
Darien Lake

David Bowers
Mayor, Coasterville
Tuesday, March 6, 2001 12:14 PM

SFDL used to have 2 bulding designated to fascination. 1 in Darine Square, and one in the back of the park near the Viper. In 2000 they removed the one in Darien Square, but the one inside the park is still there.

I used to ALWAYS play it when I was little... :)

Alan Jacyszyn
SFDLnet opening March 15th on Coasterbuzz!
Tuesday, March 6, 2001 12:37 PM
I've wondered too why no one has put together a more technical, modern version. Motion/light sensors could be used to detect the balls, and it wouldn't seem to be that hard to put together, considering the premise of the game is simple. I'm sad that CP is taking it out, because it's one game that you can only play at a few (and getting fewer) parks around the country, not at every county fair like the ring toss, races, and basketball stuff.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2001 11:23 PM
I can remember spending a lot of time playing Fascination at Kings Island back in the early eighties. It shared the building with the Dodgem if I'm not mistaken. I believe it was taken out for a Karaoke/Music Video pay attraction, though I have no idea what is there now.

Also - I'm sure someone can help me, but didn't the second half of the Dodgem building used to hold a "Mad Teacup" type ride a looong time ago?
Thursday, March 8, 2001 2:34 PM
Great game, I can spend hours playing it in hopes to get enough tickets for a great prize, but usually I end up emptying my wllet and leaving empty handed

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